Listeria Food Poisoning (Listeriosis) Lawsuit Client Tips
By following a few important steps, you can help medical and legal professionals assist you better when you have suffered from food poisoning. Alternatively, you may find that you need to assist a family member who has contracted a foodborne illness and is unable to follow the advice given here without your help. The important thing is to protect your health and your legal rights, or those of your loved ones.
Put Your Health First:
- See Your Doctor – If you feel that your physical symptoms are related to the consumption of a food product, or food consumed in a restaurant or in your or someone else’s home, you should contact your doctor. Of course, if you are experiencing severe symptoms you should consult a doctor or visit an emergency room immediately.
- Report Food Poisoning to Your County Health Department – By reporting your illness to your county health department, you are helping public health officials identify and investigate an outbreak, and prevent others from becoming ill. Their investigation can bring an outbreak to a halt and help determine what went wrong.
- Your Doctor May Order Medical Testing – Your doctor, or the hospital where you are receiving treatment, may ask for a stool sample to identify the foodborne pathogen responsible for your food poisoning symptoms. However, if your doctor suspects Listeria food poisoning (listeriosis), diagnosis will require the culture and identification of the bacteria from samples of blood, spinal fluid (CSF), amniotic fluid, placenta, or other normally sterile tissue. According to the CDC, stool cultures are of little assistance in diagnosing listeriosis. If a pathogen is identified, additional testing called pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) can determine if the pathogen that caused your illness is the same strain that has caused a particular outbreak of foodborne illness. PFGE provides a “DNA fingerprint” for the pathogen. It is a powerful epidemiologic tool that can link individual victims (or a food product) to a specific food poisoning outbreak.
- Follow your doctor’s advice – Your health is your doctor’s primary concern. By following your doctor’s advice, you not only show your commitment to your well-being, but you also make it possible for your doctor to develop a record of your condition. Do not miss doctor’s appointments. Do not fail to inform your doctor about your symptoms. Always be honest with your doctor; if you cannot remember something, say so.
- Keep Track of Your Records – If you consult a law firm, your attorney may ask you for contact information for all of your doctors, as well as for information regarding any hospital stays, medical bills, and lost wages. Your attorney may also ask for store or restaurant receipts. Remember not to throw any documentation away.
Regarding Your Food Poisoning Legal Case:
- Talk to Your Attorney – Your attorney is the best person to represent you. It is important that you do not talk to anyone else who asks you for a written or oral statement without first speaking to your attorney.
- Keep Yourself Informed – Keep up-to-date on the status of your case. If you have questions about the timeline of your case, possible outcomes, your role in the ongoing process or any other aspect of your case, do not hesitate to ask your attorney.
- Know Your Rights – Your attorney can help you understand what compensation may be due you as a result of food poisoning. While each case is different, individuals who have suffered from foodborne illnesses have been compensated for their medical expenses, for pain and suffering, and for lost wages, for example.
Obtain a Free Food Poisoning Lawsuit Evaluation
If you or a family member has suffered from Listeria food poisoning, and you have a question about your legal rights, you can request a free case evaluation from our firm by clicking on Listeria Lawsuit. You may also call us toll free at 877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.